Liverpool City Region's 10 year celebration of being named European Capital of Culture saw 2.2 million visitors and the economy boosted by £85 million, four times that of 2017's figures.
Highlights of the programme were:
China Dream – nine month season including China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition, Chinese New Year (20,000 and netting £609,611), plus two visual arts installations: Presence at St George's Hall and This Is Shanghai in the Cunard Building (garnering £407,362).
China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors brought in £78m to Liverpool's economy between 7 February and 28 October during its exhibition at the World Museum Liverpool. The exhibition was a highlight of the Liverpool 2018 cultural programme.
More than 600,000 people saw the exhibition, more than any other ticketed show in the UK during 2017. The exhibition features terracotta warrior sculptures, unearthed in 1974 after around 2,000 years of remaining undiscovered, which were "guarding" the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
A report commissioned by the British Film Institute (BFI), Screen Business, analyses the imapact of screen industry tax reliefs, including Video Games Tax Reflief and Childrens Television Tax Relief for the first time.
The report shows that the UK film and TV industry generated a record £7.9 billion in 2016. This figure was helped by government tax relief of £632 million, which also helped drive around £3.16 billion into the creation of films, high-end TV and video games. Tax take from this activity reached £2 billion.
Through its funding for the MEDIA and Culture Sub-Programmes, among others, Creative Europe (CE) has made a lasting impact on the UK according to a report put together with the help of Creative Europe Desk UK. Benefits include growing business and organisations, establishing lasting partnerships around the world, and providing opportunities for disdavantaged groups.
British Council has published research on the importance of trust to the UK's prospects in international relations, which finds those who trust the UK are around twice as likely to deal with the UK in the future.
PRS Foundation revealed its five-year independent evaluation of the Momentum Music Fund at the Brighton Great Escape Festival in May 2018, including that it has supported 273 artists and has generated over £13 million for the British music industry.
Momentum provides career-boosting grants of £5,000–£15,000 to acts at a pivotal time in their creative and business development. Artists based anywhere in the whole of the UK, working in any style of contemporary popular music can apply for Momentum funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing.
Arts Council England and Core Cities UK have launched an enquiry into the future of culture in cities, including how policy makers, funders and culture organisations can build resources to enable culture to flourish. The intention is to use the insight and evidence gathered to produce a report in autumn 2018 and you can submit evidence as a local authority or culture organisation before 30 May 2018.
The enquiry will look at: